Danish actor gets major House of Cards role

See the newly-released trailer for the third season of the successful Netflix series, which features Lars Mikkelsen kissing the fictional First Lady.

Danish actor gets major House of Cards role
Mikkelsen is rumoured to be playing the president of Russia in the third season of House of Cards. Photo: Netflix/YouTube
TV fans and political junkies have been awaiting a third season of the breakout Netflix hit House of Cards. 
A trailer for the upcoming season hit the internet on Monday and had tongues wagging. 
In Denmark, much of the talk focused on the appearances of Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen who is seen in the trailer kissing fictional First Lady Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright. 
Another scene shows Mikkelsen as a politician who is hesitant to shake the hand of fictional President Frank Underwood. 
See the trailer, story continues below:

Broadcaster DR speculated that Mikkelsen is playing the president of Russia, but the actor declined to specify his role. 
He told DR however that he has a large role in the Netflix show and he said the job is one of the highlights of his career
“It is an outrageously good series. The design is crazy and I really like the Shakespearean nuances of the series, like how Frank Underwood communicates with the public like in Shakespeare’s Richard III. And it is incredibly well-acted and very intelligently written,” he told DR. 
Mikkelsen was recently in the heavily-debated DR historical drama 1864 and was also a star in the first season of Forbrydelsen (The Killing). He also had a key role in the series Sherlock. 
Lars Mikkelsen is the older brother of Mads Mikkelsen, who is currently starring as the titular character in the American TV series Hannibal. 
News of Lars Mikkelsen’s House of Cards role comes out on the heels of the revelation that another incredibly popular American series, True Detective, will have an episode of its second season directed by Danish filmmaker Janus Metz.  

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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